Newborns like to be held and cuddled – it’s essential for healthy brain development. A good hug is worth a whole conversation and makes him feel loved and wanted. Your baby also loves being close to you.

Making skin to skin contact, or being carried in a baby pouch or sling, helps him feel connected and safe. You could also try baby massage. Babies also use their sight and hearing to interpret the world around them. To tell him, ‘I care about you’, maintain eye contact until he looks away.

A smiling face looking into his and a warm, sing-song voice help your newborn feel content and protected. At just a few days old, your baby can recognise your voice. He can also tell a soft, gentle tone from a harsh, angry one. Since he can’t change his own behaviour until much older, any anger you direct at him will only confuse and scare him.

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